I found it interesting how much Historical Memory played into the New Orleans citizen’s suspicion of their levee being blown by the government. There was a certainty among a number of people who were interviewed that there was an explosion that caused the Levee to break during Hurricane Katrina. Sylvester Francis was certain that “they bombed that sucker”(23:40), “they” one can presume to be the government.
During Professor Jessica Johnson’s talk, she talked about archival history and how we can create alternative archives through simulation, re-enactment, and our imagination. What resonated with me the most from her talk was when she said that the archive provides a basic structure of what history is since history itself is subjective. It can work as a framework or as dots that we can connect ourselves to redefine history. Continue reading “History Through Matana Roberts & Malcolm X”